Good Questions: Choosing a Pet-Friendly Rug?

ATDC reader Jacki needs help choosing a pet-friendly rug: "After loving the Jackson Stripe rug since Crate and Barrel introduced it awhile ago, I finally bought one for my living room. Trouble is, I have a sweet, cute cat and this rug is a fur collecting machine. It’s such a bummer, but I think I’m going to have to return it because it looks awful about 30 minutes after a vacuuming. It also started shedding right away, which really bothers me. I’m accepting a sad reality that I might have to go with something a little more simple, maybe a thinner, neutral color rug without so much soft fluffy rug-iness. Can anyone recommend a rug (5X8) in the $300 - $400 range that won’t be such a hassle to keep up? Something kitty can lie on without me cringing and pulling out the vacuum? Or do you cat owners just go without rugs? Thanks! Jacki"

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Jackson Stripe rug from Crate and Barrel

Jacki, Oh no- we love the look of your rug, and Smokey looks so happy sitting on it! New rugs will always shed a little — especially wool rugs in your price range. Also it must be said that it would be completely inappropriate to return a used rug because it collects cat hair.

We're opening this question up to readers with pets for advice on choosing the perfect rug for you and Smokey...

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